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22nd July, 2014 - 4:20 pm
fiber optic cable bright

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Around 70+ businesses on the Cardiff Gate International Business Park in Wales can now gain access to top broadband speeds of 1000Mbps after Welsh ISP Spectrum Internet expanded the reach of their fibre optic network into the area by using the city’s Connection Voucher scheme, which makes this the first such park to benefit in the whole of Wales.

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22nd July, 2014 - 2:51 pm
o2 uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 2 Comments

O2 UK, which might soon find itself in hot water with the advertising watchdog.. again, has launched an enhanced O2 Travel add-on that claims to give existing pay monthly customers access to uncapped Mobile Broadband data usage (or 50MB on pay-as-you-go) while roaming in Europe for just £1.99 per day. Naturally there’s a catch.

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22nd July, 2014 - 2:06 pm
vodafone uk mobile broadband

Author: Mark Jackson | 5 Comments

Mobile operator Vodafone has announced that it will shortly begin expanding the use of their Open Sure Signal (Femtocell) technology in order to make 3G based Mobile Broadband and voice calling services available in up to 100 new rural communities across the United Kingdom.

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22nd July, 2014 - 12:04 pm
money_pounds_sterling_uk1

Author: Mark Jackson | 4 Comments

A second study from the UK telecoms regulator today, which looks at the affordability of communication services, reveals that the majority of consumers view phone, mobile and Internet connectivity as “essential” and (86%) “never had difficulties meeting the costs” of such connectivity. But the story is different for those on lower incomes.

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22nd July, 2014 - 11:18 am
blocked_uk_website_parental_control

Author: Mark Jackson | 2 Comments

Ofcom has today published a new report that looks at the measures adopted by four of the largest broadband ISPs (BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband) to help parents “protect children from harmful content online” by offering network-level filtering (censorship) systems to block adult sites. But adoption by new subscribers is fairly limited and there have been a number of errors.

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21st July, 2014 - 12:58 pm
bt openreach fibre optic broadband

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

The £14 million Broadband East Riding Project in Yorkshire (England) has confirmed the next batch of areas that will shortly begin to receive an upgrade to superfast broadband (24Mbps+) speeds via BT’s FTTC/P network.

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21st July, 2014 - 11:15 am
wessex_internet_broadband_van

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Wessex Internet, which delivers 100Mbps fibre optic (FTTH) and 30-50Mbps wireless broadband services to premises in rural parts of North Dorset and South West Wiltshire in England, has expanded their radio network to reach homes and businesses in Tisbury.

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21st July, 2014 - 9:09 am
uk_fibre_optic_cable_trench_jfdi

Author: Mark Jackson | 2 Comments

The Tove Valley Broadband scheme (formerly Abthorpe Broadband Association) in Northamptonshire (England) has secured £123,000 of public funding from the Government’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), which will allow them to roll-out a 1000Mbps capable fibre optic network across several villages.

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21st July, 2014 - 8:34 am
bt openreach logo uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 6 Comments

Consumers hoping to benefit from cheaper migration fees (reduced from £50 to £11 +vat) between FTTC superfast broadband ISPs on BT’s national UK telecoms network will need to wait a little longer before they can benefit after BTOpenreach corrected the start date to 31st July 2014.

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21st July, 2014 - 8:12 am
suffolk uk broadband intervention map

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The £40m+ Better Broadband for Suffolk project in England, which has so far helped 36,000 extra local premises to access BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network and aims to extend coverage out to 90% of the county by the end of 2015 (note: 85% will get speeds of 24Mbps+) and around 95% by 2017, has tentatively confirmed its next phase 4 roll-out areas.

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21st July, 2014 - 1:05 am
virgin media 2014 uk logo

Author: Mark Jackson | 27 Comments

Cable operator Virgin Media has confirmed to ISPreview.co.uk that they’re currently lab testing the next generation DOCSIS 3.1 cable network standard, which could one day be used to deliver broadband download speeds of up to 10Gbps (Gigabits per second) and uploads of 1Gbps+ over their predominantly urban network.

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19th July, 2014 - 8:37 am
fibre optic superfast broadband cable

Author: Mark Jackson | 13 Comments

The Labour-led Telford and Wrekin council in England, which two years ago dropped out of the £24.6m Connecting Shropshire project that was setup with BT to improve local broadband connectivity, are preparing to put a £2m funding request into the related Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme to help 96% of premises gain access to superfast broadband (24Mbps+) speeds.

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19th July, 2014 - 7:58 am
internet piracy flag

Author: Mark Jackson | 4 Comments

The Government, Rights Holders and four of the country’s largest broadband ISPs, including Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband, have resolved their differences and announced the launch of a new “education programme” to help combat Internet piracy (copyright infringement) by sending warning letters to customers suspected of sharing “illegal” copyright content via File Sharing (P2P) networks.

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18th July, 2014 - 2:22 pm
the pirate bay

Author: Mark Jackson | 8 Comments

Can skin-deep website blocking measures by broadband ISPs really help to curb Internet piracy (copyright infringement)? According to the latest traffic data from one of the most notorious and widely blocked sites of all, The Pirate Bay, visitor numbers have climbed despite many ISPs across several major countries censoring access.

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